Casa Guidi, Florence

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Casa Guidi is a writer's house museum in the 15th-century patrician house in Piazza San Felice, 8, near the south end of the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. The piano nobile apartment was inhabited by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning between 1847 and Mrs Browning's death in 1861. Their only child, Robert Barrett Browning (known as Pen) was born there in 1849.

Casa Guidi was the subject for her 1851 collection of poems "Casa Guidi Windows".

The Browning household was a centre of British society in Florence although it was said that Theodosia Trollope's house was more care free. There was no animosity however and the Trollope's daughter played with the Browning's son Robert, known as Pen. After Pen's death in 1912 the apartment was bought by several Browning enthusiasts. By that time, Casa Guidi was in poor shape, and the apartment retained hardly any furniture or paintings. The Browning Society in New York restored it, before giving it to Eton College which undertook further work so that the building could be used as a study centre. Today, it is part of The Eton College Collections, but is administered by the Landmark Trust, who also look after the apartment above the one where John Keats died in Rome. When not being used by Eton boys, the property is available for holiday lets booked through the Landmark Trust.
Casa Guidi is open to the public for 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from April to November. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
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  • After lunch, we went to see the Casa Guidi, the home of writers Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It is a 15th-century, patrician house in Piazza San Felice, near the Pitti Palace. The...  more »
  • Elisabeth Barret Browning wrote that book looking out the windows of this lovely apt on Via Maggiore around the corner from the Pitti Palace. It has very limited hours but try to squeeze it into...  more »
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  • Place is worth a look, especially for literary buffs. Some nice folks let us in through the gate. It's not obvious where you need to buzz yourself in.
  • Very nice place. It's gloom and its solitude magnify the lives led by the Brownings. Very well kept and the furniture and things used by the Brownings are guarded well too! Would love to definitely come again.

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